The University of Southampton

In Physics and Astronomy at Southampton we are passionate about educating the next generation of physicists and proud of our world-leading research. We’re joint 3rd in the UK for graduate career prospects in the Guardian University Guide 2022, and 100% of our research is rated world leading or internationally excellent for its impact on society (REF, 2021).

“An inspiring and friendly department, located in a fantastically serene and beautiful campus! What better place to be and enjoy studying!”
Stefani Petropoulou
MPhys Physics with Astronomy, fourth year

Find out why we’re one of the best places in the UK to study physics.

Studying Physics and Astronomy

Third-year student Sai talks about his experiences.

Flagship degrees

Immerse yourself in cutting-edge research on one of our exciting flagship degrees. Join a prestigious global organisation as part of your degree, such as CERN or Harvard, and work alongside leaders in the field.

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Athena SWAN

We are tackling gender inequality in science and engineering

IoP Juno Champion

We are working to address the under-representation of women in university physics


We are part of the South East Physics Network

I chose to study at Southampton because the University offers a flagship degree course for top performers to spend a year abroad at CERN.

William Smith - MPhys Particle Physics with a Research Year Abroad

Centres of Excellence

Researchers from across Engineering and Physical Sciences are addressing national and global challenges in four new Centres of Excellence. These Centres are cross-disciplinary and will forge new links that transform the research landscape.

  • 10 June 2022

    Southampton physicists develop new tools to...

    Southampton physicists develop new tools to improve environmental sustainability when producing photonics circuits at a high volume scale

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  • 8 June 2022

    Southampton research helps to challenge the...

    Massive galaxies could actually generate a sudden increase in star formation just before they shut down completely, according to new research by a team of astronomers including researchers from Physics and Astronomy at Southampton.

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  • 20 April 2022

    Physics and Astronomy in global top 100 and...

    Physics is ranked within the global top 100 and the UK?s top ten in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022.

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  • Publications archive

    Latest P&A Publications

    Astrometric excess noise in Gaia EDR3 and the search for X-ray binaries - Poshak Gandhi, Philip Charles, Christian Knigge, Anjali Rao, John A Paice, Yue Zhao, D.A.H. Buckley, S. Hodgkin and S. Scaringi
    Type: Article | 2021
    Weyl anomalies of four dimensional conformal boundaries and defects - Adam Chalabi, Christopher P. Herzog, Brandon Robinson, Jacopo Sisti and Andrew O'bannon
    Type: Article | 2022
    Global symmetries and partial confinement - Masanori Hanada, Jack Holden, Matthew Knaggs and Andrew O'bannon
    Type: Article | 2022
    The low-end of the black hole mass function at cosmic dawn - F Shankar, Alessandro Trinca, Raffaella Schneider, Rosa Valiante, Luca Graziani and Luca Zappacosta
    Type: Article | 2022
    Stabilisation of transverse mode purity in a radially polarised Ho:YAG laser using machine learning
    Type: Dataset | 2022 | University of Southampton